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Updated: 06/29/2014 01:32:05PM

World Cup fever alive in Venice

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PHOTOS BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Young soccer fans get into the World Cup spirit, using a summer day away from school to come to Bogey's to cheer on the USA in one of the world's biggest sporting events. Pictured, from left to right wearing their best patriotic gear, are Annabelle, Caroline, Tyler and Georgia. Their families requested last names not be used.

Nearly 150 people filled Bogey's of Venice Thursday for the USA/Germany World Cup match. Here, Skyler Embrey (left), Jim Bryant (center) and Geoff Embrey, all in town from Huntsville, Alabama for Venice resident Leigh Whittemore's wedding, sport special American Flag sunglasses and other gear in support of the U.S. soccer team.

SUN PHOTOS BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD

Venice 10-11 year-old All-Star player Jacob Faulkner fires a pitch during Wednesday's District 16 tournament game against Sarasota American. Venice would go on to fall 10-1.

By ROB SMITH

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On any typical Thursday afternoon, Bogey’s of Venice is usually serving a lunch crowd that may be paying attention to the dozens of TV’s that might be showing various sports highlights from around the country.

But this past Thursday was anything but normal. World Cup fever proved it’s burning as hot in Venice as it may be anywhere else around the nation as more than 150 revelers were on hand loudly cheering the United States soccer team as they continued World Cup Group Round play against Germany.

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